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Hamilton Academical 2-4 Livingston: Visitors end nine game wait for away win

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Highlights: Hamilton Academical 2-4 Livingston

Livingston consolidated fifth spot in the Scottish Premiership as they came from behind at Hamilton to secure a fourth consecutive victory.

Shaun Want fired second-bottom side Accies into the lead, but the visitors responded within a couple of minutes through a fine Craig Sibbald finish.

Aaron Taylor-Sinclair headed Livingston into a half-time lead only for debutant Sam Woods to head Hamilton level.

But a Stevie Lawless penalty and Scott Pittman finish secured Livi's win.

The West Lothian side's first win in five meetings with Hamilton ended a run of nine away games without a victory for Gary Holt's side and leaves their hosts four points ahead of bottom side Hearts having played a game more.

Mixed fortunes for debutant Woods

It was to be a game full of significant signings, debuts, team changes and omissions.

Hamilton manager Brian Rice, in the headlines earlier in midweek after admitting to breaking Scottish FA betting rules, was forced into a hard choice in defence, with centre-half Woods being handed a start days after arriving from Crystal Palace on loan with captain Brian Easton missing out through injury.

However, it was two of Rice's other three changes that paid dividends as Accies took the lead after a fairly cagey start by both sides.

Marios Ogkmpoe, who had replaced the injured George Oakley up front, broke into the penalty box with Livingston claiming for offside and, when the Greek striker cut the ball into the path of Want, the defender slotted home from 15 yards.

Rice's side had looked good for a win for two thirds of their midweek game away to Hibernian, but this time their opponents were level within two minutes.

On-loan Cardiff City defender Ciaron Brown's long throw was headed clear by Scott McMann, but it fell straight to Sibbald, who marked his return to the starting line-up after signing a new contract with a sublime half volley.

Livingston edged ahead before the break as Jack McMillan jinked past Will Collar and his cross to the back post found the head of unmarked Taylor-Sinclair, who had started in place of the injured Steve Lawson, two yards out.

Accies were back in the game when goalkeeper Robby McCrorie, signed in midweek on loan from Rangers, could only slap a Markus Fjortoft header off the line and Woods marked his debut with a goal that would have been some consolation for the centre-half and watching Palace academy coach Mark Bright despite the eventual scoreline.

The decisive moment came when referee Bobby Madden pointed to the spot having seen a hand ball in a crowded goalmouth and Lawless beat goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams with the resulting penalty.

Livingston secured the three points when Lyndon Dykes cut the ball back from the by-line for Scott Pittman to finish into the far corner.

There was still time for French winger Aymen Souda, who had started the game after manager Holt rested players because of a hectic schedule, to spoil his personal good performance with a booking for angrily thumping a spare ball on his way to the dressing-room.

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Man of the match - Marvin Bartley (Livingston)

BBC Scotland commentator John Barnes at Fountain of Youth Stadium

The Livingston midfield was key to this victory and Craig Sibbald and Scott Pittman were strong contenders to be man of the match with impressive performances as well.

But captain Marvin Bartley was the guiding light in the central area, breaking-up play, protecting his central defenders and turning defence into attack.

That allowed Sibbald and Pittman to advance and provide support to Livi's forward players and chip in with goals as well.

Livingston 'hungrier and more aggressive'

Hamilton Academical head coach Brian Rice: "It was very difficult for us as we've got five first-team regulars missing from the team, we were down to the bare bones and I didn't have a defender on the bench.

"There's no doubt Livingston deserved to win. They were hungrier and more aggressive. I've got no complaints about the penalty. Bobby Madden is one of the best referees in the country, he has seen a hand ball and given a decision he thinks is correct."

Livingston manager Gary Holt: "The resilience to going a goal down even though we started the game well and go ahead then score two goals after they drew level again, I've got to take my hat off to their level of commitment and sticking to the game plan and what we're good at.

"We got the result the performance deserved and hopefully that will kick us on for the rest of the season."

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 1Fon Williams
  • 12Woods
  • 5FjørtoftBooked at 77mins
  • 21Want
  • 3McMann
  • 25Martin
  • 13Gogic
  • 7CollarSubstituted forDalesat 77'minutes
  • 28SmithSubstituted forAlstonat 57'minutes
  • 11Miller
  • 99OgkmpoeSubstituted forWinterat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Hunt
  • 8Davies
  • 10Alston
  • 19Winter
  • 26Dales
  • 31Southwood
  • 33Mimnaugh

Livingston

  • 1McCrorie
  • 21McMillan
  • 3Brown
  • 27Guthrie
  • 29Taylor-Sinclair
  • 6Bartley
  • 10Sibbald
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forCrawfordat 82'minutes
  • 8Pittman
  • 20SoudaBooked at 71minsSubstituted forRobinsonat 70'minutes
  • 9DykesSubstituted forJacobsat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Lithgow
  • 5Lamie
  • 7Jacobs
  • 16Crawford
  • 17Robinson
  • 19Erskine
  • 40Maley
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
1,487

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamLivingston
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Hamilton Academical 2, Livingston 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 2, Livingston 4.

Foul by Scott Martin (Hamilton Academical).

Robbie Crawford (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Keaghan Jacobs replaces Lyndon Dykes.

Sam Woods (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lyndon Dykes (Livingston).

Attempt blocked. Andy Winter (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Lyndon Dykes (Livingston) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Robbie Crawford replaces Steven Lawless.

Attempt blocked. Scott Pittman (Livingston) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Andy Dales replaces Will Collar.

Booking

Markus Fjørtoft (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Markus Fjørtoft (Hamilton Academical).

Lyndon Dykes (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hand ball by Steven Lawless (Livingston).

Booking

Aymen Souda (Livingston) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Scott Robinson replaces Aymen Souda.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Andy Winter replaces Marios Ogkmpoe.

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 2, Livingston 4. Scott Pittman (Livingston) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lyndon Dykes.

Foul by Mickel Miller (Hamilton Academical).

Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 2, Livingston 3. Steven Lawless (Livingston) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Penalty conceded by Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Scott McMann.

Attempt blocked. Steven Lawless (Livingston) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 2, Livingston 2. Sam Woods (Hamilton Academical) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal following a corner.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Ciaron Brown.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Blair Alston replaces Lewis Smith.

Attempt blocked. Scott Pittman (Livingston) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Mickel Miller (Hamilton Academical).

Steven Lawless (Livingston) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Will Collar (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Sibbald (Livingston).

Second Half

Second Half begins Hamilton Academical 1, Livingston 2.

Half Time

First Half ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Livingston 2.

Attempt missed. Marios Ogkmpoe (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Will Collar (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Mickel Miller (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Marvin Bartley.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic22191261144758
2Rangers20172154114353
3Motherwell2313283427741
4Aberdeen2210663027336
5Livingston238783531431
6Hibernian237883137-629
7Kilmarnock2365121929-1023
8St Johnstone215881836-1823
9Ross County2257102245-2322
10St Mirren2254131730-1319
11Hamilton2346132340-1718
12Hearts2228121835-1714
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